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This Is What Romney Shouldn’t Have Said

September 18th, 2012

When Romney thinks you’re not listening—from a video taken in the spring:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them, And they will vote for this president no matter what.

And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49… he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.

And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in come cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.
[emphasis Romney’s]

Hmmm. So, I’m dependent upon government checks, am I? Apparently, I don’t take personal responsibility, and I don’t care for my life. Et cetera.

What is significant about this… well, there are several ways that this is significant. The most obvious is that Romney is bashing nearly half the electorate. Way to win over people on the other side, calling 47% of the people irresponsible moochers.

Next, there’s the “47%” number. These are the non-taxpayers, he claims. He makes the remarkable claim that every single one of them is an Obama voter, while every single person in the country who pays taxes is a Republican or undecided. Every single one of them have no sense of personal responsibility; instead, they lay back, take it easy, and live the high life off of welfare checks, food stamps, and free government health care.

So, no Republican is too poor to pay income taxes? Or too rich? No Republican receives welfare, Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits? And people who do are irresponsible, incapable of caring for themselves?

His statement pretty damning evidence that Romney, like many right-wingers, truly has a skewed view of reality.

The 47% he speaks of includes 17 million senior citizens on social security. These are people who paid into the system all their lives, and now use tax breaks to bring their effective tax rate to zero. Does Romney think they don’t deserve those tax breaks? Does he want to get rid of those breaks for seniors? Way to win Florida.

Another huge chunk of people he mentions are not poor, but middle class families taking standard deductions and getting breaks for the care and education of their children. Does Romney want to get rid of those tax breaks? Way to win middle class families.

Besides which, of course, is the fact that the entire supposition about the 47% is flawed: nobody pays no taxes, most pay their share in social security and medicare taxes, most have property taxes, most face state & local taxes, and everyone pays sales taxes. Add those up and you may have close to the 13% that Romney himself paid.

As for “people who believe that they are victims,” that’s a label much more appropriate for right-wingers. The whole canard about the 47% who pay no taxes is in itself a badge of right-wing victimhood—those poor people are victimizing the decent, hard-working, real Americans who vote Republican! The white males who believe that they never benefit due to their race or gender and that when they fail it’s due to affirmative action, these are people who believe that they are victims. The right-wing Christians who think they are persecuted because they can’t have prayer in every last nook and cranny of public life and because a few department stores print ads saying “Happy Holidays,” these are the people who believe that they are victims.

And entitled? How many conservatives get Social Security and Medicare, and would be enraged if they lost these benefits? How many depend on unemployment checks when they lose their jobs? Remember the right-wing crowds bused in to break up Democratic town halls, screaming “Keep your government hands off my Medicare”? These are people who want all the benefits, but only for themselves, and the people who are not as well off—most of whom paid in to these systems and are just as deserving of the benefits—should be cut off. “I’ve got mine, you go screw yourself” is their motto. That’s not a sense of “entitlement”?

There’s so much more to say about that statement, I can’t put it all down here. But above are the key points. Romney and so many conservatives really think this way, that they are the only ones who work hard and pay taxes, and are being victimized by every single Obama voter, who are lazy, irresponsible moochers who demand to suck at the government teat as if it were their god-given right.

Not just Obama, but all Democratic contenders should use this from now to election day in their campaign ads. Romney thinks that if you get Social Security, Medicare, or unemployment benefits, then you’re a bum who can’t take care of himself, you think you’re entitled. Tell Romney that he’s not entitled to the White House,, that’s he’s not entitled to give himself yet another whopping tax cut, that he’s not entitled to raise taxes on the poor and middle class.

  1. Troy
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:53 | #1

    Add those up and you may have close to the 13% that Romney himself paid.

    Precisely that. This motherfucker pays less taxes than my FICA take-outs, and that’s just the single tax return he’s willing to disclose.

    Fuck him and all the rich bastards sucking this country’s wealth out like the parasites they are.

    Capitalism didn’t build America, labor did. Broken backs, people working themselves until they dropped dead.

    Capitalists like Romney were just there to pocket the profits.



    Conservatives are some warped motherfuckers. Also in the speech Romney says he wasn’t born into privilege, that he just enjoyed the birthright of what every American gets.

    “They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income… Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time.”

    This “stock” was the gift of AMC shares from his father.

    “This is when we took the now-famous loan that Mitt talks about from his father and bought a $42,000 home in Belmont, and you know? The mortgage payment was less than rent. Mitt saw that the Boston market was behind Chicago, LA and New York. We stayed there seven years and sold it for $90,000, so we not only stayed for free, we made money.”

    yes, everyone gets that leg-up from their parents into their first home. Stanford, Harvard, Yale — everybody goes there.

    The movie They Live was a documentary.

    The scary thing is that the Republican agenda is either one helluva bold bargaining position or outright insanity. The top 5% of the country is already clearing over 30% of the national income. Gini ratio is sky-high and not getting better:


    It’s only the government spending and the extension of the Bush tax cuts on the middle class keeping things together for tens of millions of Americans now.

    The bottom line is that the bottom 70% of this country, after 30 years of Reaganism, is just about ready for liquidation, thanks to the rising cost of housing:




    and the trade deficit:


    that is sucking trillions out of the middle class each year.

    This economy is a basket case and the Romney/Ryan plan would be setting us up for Last Rites.

  2. Troy
    September 18th, 2012 at 12:07 | #2

    Another stupid thing is that this low or even negative tax burden the lower 50% of the population is “enjoying” is actually being pocketed by the rich capitalists that are attached to them and live off of workers.


    shows how this is working. Cut taxes but raise the cost of living! And then blame the lower classes as shiftless louts so we can cut their services while we cut the taxes on the already obscenely wealthy! Genius!

    Goddamn am I mad now. I know this is how conservatives really think but for them to actually come out and say it is really something.

    Yesterday my mom was telling me how on CNN they had Mark Cuban, Steve Wynn, and T Boone Pickens on, and how Wynn seemed so intelligent and honest about his criticism of Obama, Obamacare, and government in general.

    I looked through the transcript and saw that he claimed he was an Obama voter in 2008, and that didn’t sit right, so I looked things up and found out he was a co-chair of the McCain election committee for Nevada and had bundled up to $500,000 for McCain (and didn’t give a dime to Obama at all).

    Liars, every last one of them. It’s really quite something. The American people are going to have to start waking up or they’re going to find themselves as badly screwed as other nations who failed to get their governments on a sane path before events got out of control.

    It may be too late for us. I think the Bush expansion of the DOD — up from $400B to $800B:


    the Bush tax cuts, and the wide-open trade deficit are ongoing fundamentally actions of national economic suicide.

    The Republicans broke this economy in 1993-2006 and now they want to finish the job.

    Makes me wish I didn’t still want to live here. Maybe I don’t.

  3. Troy
    September 19th, 2012 at 04:28 | #3

    heh, I see in that UC Davis picture above that there’s a big iPhone (or perhaps a Samsung clone) right in the frame — doubly iconic!

    50 years from now we’ll have to tell young people what that is, and it will seem ridiculous, just like car phones from the 1980s look to us now.

    50 years from now we’ll be talking to tiny PDAs implanted in our ear canals or something.

  4. Troy
    September 19th, 2012 at 07:16 | #4

    This comment:


    says it better than I can.

    Whole thread is must-reading, LOL

  5. Troy
    September 21st, 2012 at 04:59 | #5

    Tim’s outside prognostication that the House might flip to the Democrats isn’t looking so impossible now, LOL.


    shows a very favorable table for the Dems in the Senate and that will bleed over into the House.

    Funny how saying what you really believe in this country will screw you over!

    This reminds me of that scene in The Dead Zone where Sheen grabs that baby to use as a human shield . . . it’s us vs them, “the 1%” isn’t going to get it, ever. Since the 1970s they’ve created and operated the best message machinery their money could put together, but where the rubber hits the road, their results suck.

    Well, not for them, since they’re making more money than ever, but for the 99%.

  6. Kensensei
    September 23rd, 2012 at 01:40 | #6

    Ditto with Troy above. This article tells a similar story of

    “Polls show key races shifting decisively toward the Democrats, with the Republican position deteriorating almost by the day.”


    And one more article to read just for fun; the Onion reports on Mitt Romney’s apology to the Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars.’




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